Prospective college students who have begun the search for their future home may take many factors into account: academic prestige, retention rates, and tuition, to name a few. Life outside of the classroom is an important aspect of the college experience, too, and many students desire a university with a vibrant winter atmosphere—and a lot of snow.
“The snow is beautiful and it adds variety,” says Arielle Brill, a senior at the University of Colorado—Boulder. “I love that I get to do things outside [during the winter] that my friends in Florida can’t do.”
For students who place great importance on outdoor activities during the winter season, here are five great college towns—in alphabetical order—for you to consider.
4. Incline Village, Nev.: If skiing or snowboarding is your passion, Sierra Nevada College is ideally situated in the Lake Tahoe region, which opens the door to many outdoor opportunities in the winter.
“Within an hour of campus, you’ve got 10 major ski areas,” says Tim Cohee, a ski industry executive and the director of the ski business and resort management program at Sierra Nevada. “[And] not only is Tahoe a Mecca for skiing and snowboarding, but it’s also a winter resort. You happen to have the great fortune of being in the heartbeat of one of the biggest ski destinations in the United States—and that part is unique.”
For students who want a break from homework, they can make the five minute drive to Diamond Peak, which offers 655 acres of skiable terrain.
“You can go out [to Diamond Peak] to ski for an hour during your lunch break or in between classes or after school,” says Andy Gendron, a 2011 Sierra Nevada graduate. “It’s almost like a joke—it’s so easy to go out there and take two runs and then go back to school.”